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Science scholar and student win two awards at International Conference on e-Tech


Dr. Xiao Bo (right) receives the Best Paper Award and Distinguished Paper Award at the e-CASE & e-Tech 2012 International Conference

HKBU scholars and students from the Faculty of Science won two awards for their research papers presented at the 2012 International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Administration, e-Society, e-Education, and e-Technology (e-CASE & e-Tech 2012) held in Hong Kong. Dr. Xiao Bo of the Department of Computer Science was awarded the Best Paper Award for a paper co-authored with a researcher in the Netherlands and a Distinguished Paper Award for a paper co-authored with her MPhil student Wong Yee-man.

Dr. Xiao was the only scholar to receive the Best Paper Award at the conference. Her paper co-authored with the researcher from the Netherlands was entitled “Reducing the Perceived Deception of Product Recommendation Agents: The Impact of Perceived Verifiability and Perceived Similarity”. It discussed an experimental study that explores the design features of web-based decision support systems which can mitigate consumers’ negative perceptions, such as perceived deception, when shopping online.

The paper co-authored with her student Wong Yee-man was entitled “Cyber-bullying among University Students: An Empirical Investigation from Social Cognitive Perspective” which reported the results of a theory-based survey that examined potential personal and environmental factors influencing the likelihood of university students engaging in cyber-bullying behaviour.

Expressing her delight at receiving the awards, Dr. Xiao said: “With the increasing integration of information technology into people’s personal, professional, and social lives, there has been a growing academic interest in the negative implications of the use of information technology/systems, such as deception, cyber-bullying, addiction to technology use, technostress, and privacy invasion. The two recognitions attest to the importance of this promising field of study.”

As a behavioural researcher in information systems, Dr. Xiao is interested in examining the impact of information systems and technology on individuals, organisations, and society. A large part of her current research focuses on the dark (or negative) side of information technology.

The two-day International Conference aimed to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academics and industrial professionals worldwide to present their research results and development activities in e-Commerce, e-Administration, e-Society, e-Education, and e-Technology. This year the conference received 520 paper submissions, and 18 papers were selected as Distinguished Papers.